My brain tumor


In 1972 as a sophomore in high school, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was attached to the outlet of the pineal gland near the brain stem. In 1972 there were no MRI's or other soft tissue imaging for detection. Discovery was made by drilling 2 holes in the top of my skull and probing with needles. After it was discovered, I had lots of radiation therapy, lost all my hair but ultimately survived. I've had some long term side affects from the procedures but have ultimately lived a normal life. This all took place at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. I owe my life to the doctors that helped me there.